NEW YORK — Braving a snowstorm and bitterly cold temperatures, Isaac Mizrahi fans proved to be a stout-hearted bunch, as about 45 of them turned out at Bergdorf Goodman last week for the designer’s breakfast “workshop” on how to put together pieces from his spring collection.
The event was accompanied by a two-day trunk show, which ran on Wednesday with Mizrahi present, and on Thursday without him. Sales totaled $90,000. A Bergdorf’s spokeswoman said the results were “well over expectations, considering the weather.” Ellin Saltzman, senior vice president and fashion director of Bergdorf’s, jokingly told two customers they would get a special discount at the trunk show following the breakfast just for showing up.
“I can’t think of a better time to look at spring clothes,” Mizrahi told the crowd. Perched on a stool and smoking a cigarette, he explained details about each look as it appeared on a model, sometimes interchanging pieces to show how items could be mixed. As for himself, he complained of having a bad hair day — hence his pink bandanna headband.
Mizrahi assured customers that the very short skirts and dresses — such as a navy schoolgirl dress with white collar — were being shipped at longer lengths. “This is about what looks good on each woman,” he added. One woman asked if she could simply bring a particular model along to the plastic surgeon — that way, she could make sure the clothes would look great on her. Most of the guests admired pieces that best showed the easy, casual style that was Mizrahi’s focus with this collection: short, pleated skirts; a mixing of plaids and gunchecks; rubber and linen trenches; a navy, red and white striped long tunic and short skirt and a short knit turtleneck dress.
Colorful pieces — a kelly green ottoman cotton jacket; a green, yellow and white striped turtleneck dress; a salmon pink double-breasted jacket dress, and a salmon and multicolor plaid jacket and skilt (Mizrahi’s term for a short kilt) — also were favorites with the crowd at the breakfast. At the trunk show following the event, however, the same shoppers opted to buy navy and white pieces.
Bestsellers from the trunk show included the navy and white dot lightweight wool prayer jacket, $675, and matching pajama pants, $465; navy double-breasted easy jacket, $775, and coordinating striped wool chiffon pants, $485, and the navy and white schoolgirl dress, $465.